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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.

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Published: Sunset Boulevard

It’s an ironic experience, to say the least, to watch a merciless exploration of fame and its dismissive treatment of women performed by arguably one of the most famous actresses in America. But irony is hardly the lasting impression left … Continue reading

Interview: Gideon Glick on Playing Jordan in Significant Other

Originally published on Paste Magazine View this story online Gideon Glick has grown up onstage-as a former teenager and now millennial would say-literally. The actor made his Broadway debut at the age of 18 in the original company of Spring … Continue reading

Interview: Theater: In Linda, She Has It All, But How Can She Keep It?

Originally published on The Culture Trip View this story online  The play opens with 55-year-old Linda declaring to an unseen group of other middle-aged women, “We know you’re out there! We see you! You exist!” This proclamation is a fitting opening … Continue reading

Published: A History of Sweeney Todd: Why Stephen Sondheim’s Pies Never Get Stale

Originally published on View this story online Sweeney Todd, Stephen Sondheim’s musical about revenge, lust, murder and cannibalism, has found yet another home in New York City — downtown, at the Barrow Street Theater in an immersive production staged in a … Continue reading

Published: Doctors and Legal Experts Fear the Worst for Trans Healthcare Under Trump

Originally published on View this story online Should we lose hard-won anti-discrimination protections and healthcare access, an already marginalized community may suffer tragic consequences. The morning after the election, Marci Bowers’s phone was ringing off the hook. The gynecologic … Continue reading

Published: The Object Lesson

Originally published on Paste Magazine View this story online An admittedly anxious person who often copes with stress or uncertainty by cleaning, I was curious as to how I would feel during The Object Lesson. But this cluttered and confusing … Continue reading

Published: Karen Ziemba on Playing Eileen in Kid Victory

Originally published in Paste Magazine View this story online “Mom doesn’t dance too much,” Karen Ziemba says, a bit wistfully, of her latest performance. The statement, and how the Tony-winning actress says it, demonstrates how Kid Victory, the Tony winner’s … Continue reading

Published: Sunday in the Park With George: Jake Gyllenhaal brings the tortured artist to Broadway

Originally published on View this story online No one can accuse Jake Gyllenhaal of being a slacker. The Oscar-nominated actor is known for playing intense, perhaps tortured characters: Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain and Zodiac are just a few. His latest role … Continue reading